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Prep baseball, softball programs gear up for season debuts with scrimmages
by Aaron Retherford
Mar 03, 2012 | 1887 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Danaya Thompson gets set to run toward first base after rapping out a hit during a preseason scrimmage Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Danaya Thompson gets set to run toward first base after rapping out a hit during a preseason scrimmage Saturday.
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It was a nice spring day Saturday. The sun was out. The temperature was perfect — perfect for some baseball and softball action.

Prep teams don’t have in enough practices to play official games, but that will change later this week. Saturday was for scrimmages and several squads took advantage of the chance to face off against other area programs.

The Spanish Springs baseball team lost the bulk of last year’s regional championship squad to graduation, so Saturday’s scrimmages were especially valuable to iron out some of the kinks.

The Cougars went to Galena and competed against the Grizzlies and Carson.

“It was good because the weather was nice, and I think the kids played pretty well. We hit the ball a little bit better than I thought. After a couple nervous kids, I thought we pitched pretty well,” SSHS baseball coach Ben Hofmann said. “It’s nice. We’ve done this before. It makes for a long day, but it’s nice to get a lot of innings in. The weather is perfect, so that makes it nice.”

Even though Spanish Springs baseball got a lot of innings in, Reed softball was even busier Saturday. The Raiders picked up 4-0 wins over Elko and Fallon and a 4-2 victory over Bishop Manogue, which hosted the action.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “I couldn’t be happier with our pitching either. Bats were a little slow in the first game, but that can be expected. They came around and everybody contributed. It was a good day.”

The Raiders played all 14 kids in each game, allowing everyone to be part of the batting order.

Wunder feels the team still has some things it needs to work on since the weather prolonged tryouts and the Blue and Gold has only been able to have a couple practices.

“My expectations weren’t very high. Defensively, we didn’t make an error until the last game. We only had one error in the three games,” Wunder said. “I was pleasantly surprised. We were able to identify some areas we need to work on. We’ll work on that.”

Reed softball will be back at Manogue Tuesday for another scrimmage.

The Raiders baseball team was also out on the field, taking on McQueen.

It ended up being a good measuring stick for when Reed opens its regular season Thursday in the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament against Elko.

“If I had to evaluate our scrimmage, I think it was just good to see other arms throwing against us,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said. “I think we looked good on defense sometimes and then made some mistakes. It was just good to evaluate us and see some of the things we need to work on.”
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